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Children’s Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists support children and young people who may experience difficulties carrying out and participating in activities of everyday life, for example their self-care, school work or play.

Our occupational therapists carry out an assessment of need and provide treatment including coping strategies for children, young people and their families to make sure they get the support they need.

This includes children and young people who have complex health and neurological conditions, difficulties with their co-ordination and learning. We also support children and young people following a hospital admission.

Your care

Our team includes occupational therapists and occupational therapy technical instructors.

We work with children and young people from birth to 18 years of age, assessing their health, education and social care needs to maximise their independence and learning.

Our occupational therapists can advise on strategies to develop children and young people in tasks such as dressing, feeding, bathing and toileting. In order to meet your child’s needs, they may advise and recommend equipment or adaptations to promote safety and independence at their home and school environment.

We work closely with other professionals involved in your child’s care to support your family across a variety of settings including home, nursery, school and respite facilities.

Treatment plans can include one or more of the following:

  • One to one specialist support from an occupational therapist or occupational therapy technical instructor
  • A programme of agreed targets and goals for the child or young person, parents or carers and other professional who support them.
  • Coaching and education for parents/carers and professionals working with your child or young person. This may relate to your child’s specific difficulties in carrying out activities of daily living.
  • Liaising with other services involved in your child or young person’s care. For example Regional Muscle Clinic, Centre for life, Great North Children’s Hospital out patients clinics.
  • Involvement in local authority statutory assessment procedures.
  • Specialist assessment of need for equipment and adaptations.
  • For children and young people who use our service we also offer additional support when they start a new nursery/school or as they approach adulthood.

How to access the service

Referrals to the service can be made by any medical professional, for example, GP, paediatrician, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist and social worker.

In North Tyneside referrals can be made by the education service as well.

All children and young people will be seen within 18 weeks and we operate a priority system for all new referrals.  Any urgent referrals, for example, supporting children discharged from hospital and moving and handling difficulties, will be seen within 10 working days.

You can contact us Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. If we are in a clinic you can leave us a message on our answer phone and we will call you back.

Contact us

You can contact us at:

Children’s Occupational Therapy Service
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Riverside Centre
Minton Lane
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 6DQ
Tel: 0191 6434160


Children’s Physical Disability Occupational Therapy Service
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Child Health
Woodhorn Lane
NE63 9JJ
Tel: 01670 564 050

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